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Sunday (2/23)

  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 4:00 pm—Adult Information Class
  • 6:00 pm—Youth Group Event


  • 5:30 pm—Lenten Soup & Sandwich Supper
  • 7:00 pm—Ash Wednesday Divine Service


  • 9:00 am—Sunday School Teachers Lesson Planning
  • 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
  • 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion


  • 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
  • 10:30 am—Bible Class & Sunday School
  • 2:30 pm—Nursing Home Service
  • 4:00 pm—Adult Information Class


HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Mindy Bell (friend of David Holzrichter); Dale Brown (friend of Margaret Stilwell); Connie Hilgendorf Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Jeff & Jo Coon (friend of David Holzrichter); Lynn Corrie (friend of the Joneses); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Whitney Czerwonka;  Orlean  McDaniel (friend of Bob & Joan Vukelich); Cindy Ekstrom; Theresa Fields; Jenna Gustafson; Jim Harbaugh; Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Barbara Holste (friend of the Joneses); Mary Jane Jones; Kimberly Mulvany (daughter of Pastor Doug Meyer); Bill & Mary Negangard (grandparents of Bryce Reifsteck); Sandra Oehmke (sister of Joan Vukelich); Dennis Pickett (friend of Ann Carroll); Cary & Beth Rahn; Debbie Rahn (wife of Leroy Rahn); Emma  Silver; Ruth Sims; Ocil Slone (father of Carolyn Dyer); Joy Stenger; Brian Walker (uncle of Bryce Reifsteck); Irene Wattjes; Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson).

SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell; Logan Smith.


MISSIONARIES: Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann; Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott; Julie Lutz.

HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Leonard Boerngen; Mary Jane Jones; Janet Pollock; Art Rahn; Ruth Rentschler.

MILITARY: Carl Crawford; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Chase Reifsteck; Blake Stokes; Paige Stokes; Ruben Wilson.


ASH WEDNESDAY’S READINGS . . . Joel 2:12–19; 2 Peter 1:2–11; Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21.

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . The seeing are blind, while the one who is blind can see (Luke 18:31–43). Jesus tells the twelve that He is going up to Jerusalem to suffer and die and rise again, but they cannot understand or grasp what He is saying. The meaning of His words is hidden from their sight. However, as Jesus makes His way up to Jerusalem, a blind man calls out to Him for mercy. This blind man sees that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior, for he calls Him “Son of David.” Indeed, Jesus is the Lord’s anointed, the keeper of sheep (1 Sam. 16:1–13) who goes to lay down His life for the sheep. He is the incarnate love of the Father who suffers long and is kind, who is not puffed up, who never fails us (1 Cor. 13:1–13). Jesus opens the eyes of the blind (Is. 35:3–7) to see Him not according to outward appearances of lowliness, but according to His heart of mercy and compassion. Those who behold Him thus by faith follow Him to the cross through death into life.

THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 18:34 “This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.” Even our understanding of the Word of God is a gift—the disciples here can’t understand Jesus because it is not given to them to understand him. By nature they are deaf to the Word. So everything we have is a gift of God. To realize this is the beginning of thankfulness, generosity, and kindness.

CONNIE WILL BE . . . out of the office on Monday, February 24. She will be in the rest of the week on her regular hours.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS . . . Sunday, March 8. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour.

LENTEN MIDWEEK THEME . . . is about following Jesus, our greatest giver. When our Lord says to us all “follow me,” He bids us not simply to follow him on the journey through death to life, but He also calls us to imitate Him in all that we are, have, say, and do. This year we are looking to Jesus not just as our Savior but also as our example.

THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION . . . is seeking three individuals, not already serving on a board, willing to serve as the board’s appointed members for one-, two-, and three-year terms respectively. An appointed member is not required to be a voting member or attend Voters’ Assembly meetings. Prayerfully consider serving the little ones of our congregation and contact Pastor or a member of the board (Deborah Reifsteck, Sharon Allen, Lauren Braaten, Celeste Nau) if interested.

LENTEN MIDWEEK SUPPERS . . . will be served this year before the Midweek services. Serving time will be 5:30 pm–6:45 pm. Ash Wednesday is typically the most well-attended; we invite the congregation to bring a dish to pass. The tentative serving schedule is as follows, please look it over and share with your committee members. Thank you

    • Wed, February 26 (Ash Wednesday)—Congregational Potluck
    • Wed, March 4—Immanuel Meal Prep Group
    • Wed, March 11—Boards of Stewardship & Trustees
    • Wed, March 18—Board of Mission & Evangelism
    • Wed, March 25—Board of Christian Education
    • Wed, April 1—Board of Elders



  • Jim Dyer (West)
  • Mark Whitson (East)


  • Laverl Byers (West)
  • Kenny & Tammy Kresin (East)



  • John Harvey
  • Wanda Long; Ava Whitson


  • John Harvey
  • Wanda Long; Cailin Munson



  • Oliver Braaten (Crucifer)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Trey Waldrop (Torches)
  • Beau Whitson (Gospel)


  • Oliver Braaten (Crucifer)
  • Jonathan Braaten (Torches)
  • Caiden Russo (Torches)
  • Evan Reifsteck (Gospel


  • Donna Campbell—February
  • Craig & Carol Munson—March


  • Ruth Sims; Tammy Kresin—February
  • Joyce Alexander—March


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